The South Atlantic Bight Recruitment Experiment: Introduction and overview

Peter B. Ortner, Larry B. Crowder, Donald E. Hoss

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The South Atlantic Bight Recruitment Experiment (SABRE) brought together a interdisciplinary team of scientists to conduct research to enhance our understanding of the relationship between variation in environmental factors and the variable recruitment of 'estuarine dependent' fishes within the SAB. The project sought to develop a new fusion of government and academic scientists, each possessing unique skills, to address the difficult problem of recruitment variability in fishes. This fusion required the development of appropriate and at that time novel management and administrative strategies. SABRE initially focused on recruitment dynamics of Atlantic menhaden, Brevoortia tyrannus, in the South Atlantic Bight, but expanded over time to include several estuarine-dependent species and much of the Middle Atlantic Bight as well. The project was conducted from 1991 to 1997 and resulted in a substantial improvement in our understanding of the life history and ecology of Atlantic menhaden and the potential constraints upon its recruitment. SABRE also contributed to our understanding of the physical oceanography of the western North Atlantic shelf and adjacent coastal inlets and the implications of physical dynamics upon the potential pathways for larval transport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalFisheries Oceanography
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Fisheries oceanography
  • Recruitment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Oceanography


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